Enjoy an evening out with fellow alumni and experience cultural art from around the world at the Gallery Guichard, a contemporary gallery in Chicago. Reunite with classmates and learn more about the cultural centers, programs and new initiatives at NIU. You'll be served hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available.
Your host will be Northern's chief diversity officer Vernese Edghill-Walden, Ph.D., who will highlight initiatives and introduce diversity resource center and CHANCE program staff as we celebrate the role of these important programs for student success. NIU has a diverse group of centers and programs, including the Asian American Resource Center, CHANCE, the Center for Black Studies, the Disability Resource Center, the Gender & Sexuality Resource Center and the Latino Resource Center.
Please wear business attire since this is a formal event.
Preregistration is $10 or $15 at the door
The best way to reach Bronzeville by public transport is definitely the CTA Green Line, which runs along State and Indiana, with key stops at 35th Street-Bronzeville-IIT, 43rd Street, 47th Street (Jackson) and Garfield (Jackson). The Red Line runs along Bronzeville's western border by the Dan Ryan Espressway — a bit farther away from most Bronzeville attractions, but convenient nonetheless.
The Metra Main Line has a stop at 27th Street, which is conveniently located near the "Walk of Fame" and Michael Reese Hospital.
Many CTA bus lines travel throughout Bronzeville. A few key routes run north-south along Michigan Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and will take you to Bronzeville from the Loop. The 55th Street-Garfield route is useful for travel between Bronzeville and Midway Airport on the Southwest Side.
Bronzeville is one of the few neighborhoods close to the Chicago center that is actually best seen by car. Free on-street parking is in ample supply throughout the neighborhood — owing to the relatively low population density of the district. There are many exits leading into Bronzeville from the Dan Ryan Expressway, although you might enjoy the ride better if you take a more northerly exit (like 35th or 31st streets) and then explore the area from Martin Luther King Drive. If coming from the Loop, the best way is probably to just head south on Martin Luther King Drive, which serves as the main drag for most of the district.